She’s Go­tye be in run­ning for award

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IT’S a mu­sic video that’s al­most as in­stantly recog­nis­able as the song that swept Aus­tralia and then the world, but cre­ator Natasha Pin­cus can’t quite be­lieve Some­body That I Used To Know has been nom­i­nated by MTV for Video of the Year.

The Mel­bourne film­maker says she was watch­ing the Olympics re­ally late on Tues­day night and slept through a call with the news on Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

She checked her emails and spot­ted the con­fir­ma­tion from Go­tye’s man­ager, but ad­mits she’s still feel­ing ‘‘a lit­tle be­wil­dered at the mo­ment’’.

Pin­cus is also nom­i­nated in the pro­fes­sional cat­e­gory for Best Edit­ing for the same video and hopes to get fans on her side for the ma­jor award.

‘‘I fig­ure Video of the Year is a voted cat­e­gory, so I just have to fig­ure out how to rally the whole coun­try to vote for it,’’ she says.

Pin­cus says she had been plan­ning to travel to Los Angeles in Oc­to­ber, but will be ‘‘push­ing that for­ward’’ so she can at­tend the Video Mu­sic Awards on Septem­ber 6.

That’s de­spite the fact the prospect is a lit­tle daunt­ing.

‘‘I’m not very good in those sort of en­vi­ron­ments – it paral­y­ses me with fear to imag­ine be­ing in a room like that and I guess I’ve got to fig­ure out what the hell I’d wear,’’ she says.

At­tend­ing the awards will put her into contact with the cream of the world’s mu­sic in­dus­try, but so far Pin­cus has been fo­cus­ing her at­ten­tion in Aus­tralia.

‘‘Af­ter the Go­tye video had suc­cess over there, there were some pretty in­ter­est­ing of­fers . . . but it’s still been a case of pick­ing the artist and the song that re­ally res­onates with you and ac­tu­ally af­ter all the of­fers that came my first choice was to do Missy Higgins.’’

Pin­cus has just com­pleted the video for Ev­ery­one’s Wait­ing, the lat­est sin­gle off Higgins’s new al­bum, The Ol’ Raz­zle Dazzle.

‘‘That’s set the bar pretty high and I’m not sure that what I could find over there (Los Angeles) could be any bet­ter,’’ she says.

Pin­cus re­mains amazed at the suc­cess of Some­body That I Used To Know, with more than 300 mil­lion views of her video on YouTube, and nu­mer­ous par­o­dies of both the song and of her video.

She says it’s all due to the ‘‘magic’’ that she felt the mo­ment she heard the song.

‘‘I think there’s only a cou­ple of songs in a gen­er­a­tion that spread like this does, over the globe, so any­time that hap­pens it’s al­ways an amaz­ing thing,’’ she says.

Pin­cus says friends email her from around the world telling her they heard the song in places rang­ing from Italy to Kaza­khstan.

‘‘It’s just crazy that any song can pen­e­trate like that, let alone one that you’ve been lucky enough to have an as­so­ci­a­tion with,’’ she says.

The ex­pe­ri­ences she’s had con­tin­u­ally leave her ‘‘dumb­founded’’ but she’s not sure if any­thing else can top them.

‘‘Af­ter work­ing with Go­tye and Missy what’s next? Noth­ing, re­ally!’’

Missy Higgins, Gur­ru­mul and Emma Louise play Jupiters The­atre on Novem­ber 30. Go­tye plays The River­stage, in Bris­bane, on De­cem­ber 12.

Go­tye, aka Wally de Backer

Natasha Pin­cus

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